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Excel Links – from USA edition

Published on May 8, 2013 in excel links

Hello there,

My travel to US was fantastic and fun. Many thanks to Jocelyn & Rob Collie, who found a nice apartment for us and made sure we are settled down in almost no time. Weather has been excellent so far too with lots of sunshine and blue skies. We went to a nearby park the other day and kids really loved walking on trials and exploring.

Gentle reminder

Today is last day to sign-up for my USA Masterclass

Today is last day to join my USA Advanced Excel & Dashboards masterclass with early bird discount. If you live near Chicago, Washington DC or Columbus and love Chandoo.org style of teaching, then you will benefit alot from my masterclass. We have very few spots left in Chicago & Columbus. So go ahead and book yours today and save $200.

Click here to know more and join us.

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Learn Top 10 Excel Features

Published on Apr 16, 2013 in Charts and Graphs, Learn Excel, Power Pivot, VBA Macros
Learn Top 10 Excel Features

Last week, we had a lovely poll on what are your favorite features of Excel? More than 120 people responded to it with various answers. So I did what any data analyst worth his salt would do,

I analyzed the data and here are the top 10 features in Excel according to you.

Read on to learn more.

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How to create interactive calendar to highlight events & appointments [Tutorial]

Published on Apr 9, 2013 in Charts and Graphs, Learn Excel, VBA Macros
How to create interactive calendar to highlight events & appointments [Tutorial]

One of the popular uses of Excel is to maintain a list of events, appointments or other calendar related stuff. While Excel shines easily when you want to log this data, it has no quick way to visualize this information. But we can use little creativity, conditional formatting, few formulas & 3 lines of VBA code to create a slick, interactive calendar in Excel. Today, lets understand how to do this.

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What is your favorite feature of Excel? [poll]

Published on Apr 5, 2013 in Learn Excel
What is your favorite feature of Excel? [poll]

Its Friday, time for another poll.

This weeks topic is inspired from a discussion Jordan started in our forums.

I will go first.

My favorite features are,

Conditional formatting: Quickly highlight something that is not alright (or meets conditions), see trends with data bars or heat maps.
Pivot tables: Turn data in to understandable information with just a few clicks. When combined with slicers & conditional formats, becomes very powerful.
Formulas: Ofcourse, with out formulas, Excel would be a glorified notepad!

What about you? What are your favorite features in Excel? Go ahead and share with us by posting a comment.

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How well do you know your LOOKUPs? – Quiz Answers & Discussion

Published on Apr 4, 2013 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel, Quizzes
How well do you know your LOOKUPs? – Quiz Answers & Discussion

Last week, we had our very first quiz – “How well do you know your LOOKUPs?”. I hope you have enjoyed it.

Today lets understand the answers & explanations for this quiz.

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10 things that wowed me in Excel 2013

Published on Apr 3, 2013 in Charts and Graphs, Learn Excel
10 things that wowed me in Excel 2013

As you may new, the newest version of Excel is out for a while. I have been using it since last 6 months and enjoying it. Today, lets understand 10 things in 2013 that wowed me (and probably you too).

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Work with several Excel files everyday? – Save them as a workspace [Quick tip]

Published on Mar 4, 2013 in Learn Excel
Work with several Excel files everyday? – Save them as a workspace [Quick tip]

If you work with multiple Excel workbooks everyday, then here is a handy tip.

Use Save workspace feature to save your workbook collection & layout.

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Designing a dashboard to track Employee vacations [case study]

Published on Jan 24, 2013 in Charts and Graphs, Learn Excel

Employee Vacation Dashboard & Tracker using Excel

HR managers & department heads always ask, “So what is the vacation pattern of our employees? What is our average absent rate?”

Today lets tackle that question and learn how to create a dashboard to monitor employee vacations.

What do HR Managers need? (end user needs)

There are 2 aspects tracking vacations.

1. Data entry for vacations taken by employees
2. Status dashboard to summarize vacation data

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What is Power Pivot – an Introduction [video]

Published on Jan 21, 2013 in Learn Excel, Power Pivot
What is Power Pivot – an Introduction [video]

Today, lets talk about Power Pivot & understand it.
What is Power Pivot?
Power Pivot is an Excel add-in to connect, analyze & visualize massive amounts of data..

Lets take a closer look at the definition.

Connect: You can use multiple tables of data & set up relationships between them using Power Pivot. For example, you can connect customer details to sales transactions so that you can summarize sales by customer location or gender easily.

Analyze: You can create simple pivot table style reports or create something exceedingly complex by defining your own calculated fields for values area of the pivot. There is a whole set of formulas defined for exactly this purpose, called as DAX formulas.

Visualize: Instantly filter your reports using slicers, time lines (Excel 2013 or above only), conditional formats, pivot charts etc. You can even define KPIs and see the performance in bands.

Massive Amounts of Data: Although your typical Excel worksheet contains a million rows, if you tried to load even half of those with any data, Excel would quickly become slow & lazy. Power Pivot can take a million rows for breakfast and would be hungry for more. It can processes millions of rows of data very quickly and easily, all from the comfort of a standard desktop or laptop.

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Top 10 Formulas for Aspiring Analysts

Published on Jan 16, 2013 in Learn Excel
Top 10 Formulas for Aspiring Analysts

Few weeks ago, someone asked me “What are the top 10 formulas?” That got me thinking.

While each of us have our own list of favorite, most frequently used formulas, there is no standard list of top 10 formulas for everyone. So, today let me attempt that.

If you want to become a data or business analyst then you must develop good understanding of Excel formulas & become fluent in them.

A good analyst should be familiar with below 10 formulas to begin with.

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3 upcoming courses to Make you awesome [Announcements]

Published on Jan 9, 2013 in Learn Excel, products
3 upcoming courses to Make you awesome [Announcements]

A quick announcement for all of you aiming to become awesome in Excel in 2013.

I am very happy to share our course timeline for first 3 months of 2013.
Upcoming Courses:
Here is a summary of courses I am planning to launch in next 3 months. I will be posting more details about these courses soon.

1. Finance for Non-finance people

Learn about financial basics, financial analysis thru Excel in our finance for non-finance people course. Designed by my partners at Pristine education, this course helps you gain insights to finance world quickly.

This course will be launched Thursday, January 10th – 2013

2. Power Pivot School

Jump in to power pivot, analyze data & extract insights like a pro by going thru this program. Aimed at Excel analysts & reporting professionals, this course helps you unleash power of PowerPivot to do awesome things.

This course will be launched on Wednesday, February 6th – 2013

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Best of Chandoo.org – 2012

Published on Dec 31, 2012 in blogging, Learn Excel
Best of Chandoo.org – 2012

This year has been the busiest year since the inception of Chandoo.org. We had 161 posts, 8,900+ comments, 33,500+ forum posts. We have trained more than 2,500 students thru training programs like Excel School & VBA Classes this year alone. More than 6.5 million people visited our site this year (up 82%),  consuming a whopping […]

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2013 Calendar – Excel Template [Downloads]

Published on Dec 26, 2012 in Learn Excel
2013 Calendar – Excel Template [Downloads]

Here is a New year gift to all our readers – free 2013 Excel Calendar Template.

This calender has,

  • One page full calendar with notes, in 4 different color schemes
  • Daily event planner & tracker
  • 1 Mini calendar
  • Monthly calendar (prints to 12 pages)
  • Works for any year, just change year in Full tab.
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Excel Links – Lets meet in Chennai this Sunday edition

Published on Nov 26, 2012 in excel links

Hi readers… I am in Chennai this week, conducting in-house training at Renault Nissan on Advanced Excel. As I am busy teaching Excel & making young graduates awesome in it, I will not be able to write much on the blog. But don’t worry. We have some great articles coming up from Hui & other […]

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Please help me design our new product: Vitamin XL

Published on Oct 19, 2012 in Learn Excel, products
Please help me design our new product: Vitamin XL

Hello friends, fans & well wishers of Chandoo.org,

I am happy to announce about our new product – Vitamin XL, a membership program for you. I want to make sure that Vitamin XL offers you the best possible features & value. I need your help in designing this product. Please read this short article and give me your feedback.
What is Vitamin XL?
Just like vitamins you give you strength and health, Vitamin XL ups your Excel mojo, gives you new ideas & powers. Here is what I have in mind:

Vitamin XL is a membership program with 3 distinct benefits

  1. Excel Training
  2. Excel Resources
  3. Excel user community
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